Smoke-free workplaces and indoor public places are now the norm. Except, nonsmokers still face the challenge of creating smoke-free residences in apartment buildings and other multi-family buildings. Scientific studies show that smoke from a neighboring apartment can travel through ventilation systems, pipes, walls, open windows and doors, electrical sockets and even tiny cracks in plaster and drywall.
Because people spend a considerable amount of time at home, smoke-free policies in residential settings can significantly reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. Apartment Managers and Property Owners can reduce turn over costs, increase safety and protect the health of their tenants by adopting and implementing smoke-free policies at their properties.
Smoke can travel into workplaces, public areas, dining areas and multi-unit housing by traveling through ventilation systems, as well as open windows and doors.
By JULY 30, 2018 all public housing agencies will be REQUIRED to be smoke-free under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Rule. This rule requires each public housing agency (PHA) administering public housing to implement a smoke-free policy. Specifically, each PHA must implement a “smoke-free” policy banning the use of prohibited tobacco products in all public housing living units, indoor common areas in public housing, and in PHA administrative office buildings. The smoke-free policy must also extend to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the public housing and administrative office buildings. This rule improves indoor air quality in the housing; benefits the health of public housing residents, visitors, and PHA staff; reduces the risk of catastrophic fires; and lowers overall maintenance costs.
Please take special note to the following:
“PHAs are required to document their smoke-free policies in their PHA plans, a process that requires resident engagement and public meetings.”
Tobacco Free Southwest can assist you with your policy writing, policy strengthening, resident engagement, and cessation classes for your residents– at no cost to you or your residents.
For more information on the HUD ruling, check out the links below:
Here’s how you can advocate for smoke-free residences:
The Southwestern Regional Tobacco Coalition is a multi-county effort created to address the diverse issue of tobacco use in the southwestern health district of Pennsylvania.